The AICPA’s National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
formed to serve as champions within the accounting profession and to work toward proposing strategies to recruit, retain, and advance minorities in the profession. The National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion has set a new course to address best practices and develop tools to help members and firms succeed in their diversity and inclusion efforts.
The 17-member Commission is chaired by Ken Bouyer, Americas’ Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, EY, and consists of representatives from minority professional advocacy groups such as ALFPA, Ascend, NABA, and NCPACA, CPA firms, state CPA societies and leaders from business and industry, government and education.
The initial work of the Commission will focus on ethnicity and race to help the profession attract and retain minorities into their organizations. Although the 2013 Trends report indicates improvement, the Commission will continue to focus on ethnicity and race to ensure sustainable progress.
The responsibilities of the Commission is as follows:
- To investigate and understand the barriers that impede the long term success of minorities.
- To propose to the AICPA and member firms strategies that will alleviate the barriers upon retention and advancement of minorities.
- To monitor, evaluate, and report on minority recruiting, retention, and advancement data.
- To remain abreast of the US population trends and the impact the nation’s diversity will have on the accounting profession.
- To be champions and educators of the importance of diversity within the accounting profession.
Many of the Commission members are AICPA trained ambassadors and would be happy to speak with you or your organization about the importance of diversity within the accounting profession. To reach a speaker, please email email@example.com for more information.